Slopes from the past
For 14 years, Jeremy Davis has been using the Internet to hunt for photos and memories of ski areas that closed years ago. He travels to those places, uncovering trails hidden in the woods, abandoned, rusted machinery and lodges that have been shut down for decades.
His most recent quest was the Southern Adirondacks, where he documented 39 ski areas that operated in the past 75 years and then shut down. Posted on January 6, 2013.
Meteorologist, ski enthusiast and author Jeremy Davis enjoys some of the first snow of the season at Ski Venture in Glenville.
In the early 1990s, skiers used a handle tow to go up the hill at Little Alpine, a ski area in Remsen, north of Utica. Little Alpine closed in 1995. (Courtesy of the Town of Remsen)
Ed Taylor Jr., pictured above with his wife, Jo, was the founder and owner of Alpine Meadows in South Corinth from 1946 to 1964. Alpine Meadows closed in 1991. (Courtesy of Linda Jo Taylor Stevens)
Skiers use a rope tow to go up the hill at Little Alpine in Remsen, north of Utica, in the 1960s. The ski area was free for children and charged out-of-towners one or two dollars. (Photo by Bruce Phelps, courtesy of Don Clemmons)
In this photo from the late 1930s, skiers who rode the snow train from Schenectady fill the streets of downtown Ticonderoga. Skiers were often transported by truck from the train station to the ski area. (Courtesy of Ticonderoga Historical Society, Hancock House)
Davis heads up the slope at Ski Venture in Glenville.
Author Jeremy Davis likes to ski at both big and small ski areas in New England and the Capital Region. In photo above, taken on Dec. 29, he was on the trails at Ski Venture, a ski area in Glenville that has two rope tows and has been in operation since 1937.